Boneset - Eupatorium (Eupatorium perfoliatum) Common Boneset Wildflower Herb

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Boneset - Eupatorium (Eupatorium perfoliatum) Common Boneset Wildflower Herb


Height 4 ft*

Eupatorium perfoliatum, known as common boneset or just boneset, is a North American perennial plant in the family Asteraceae. It is a common native to the Eastern United States and Canada, widespread from Nova Scotia to Florida, west as far as Texas, Nebraska, the Dakotas, and Manitoba.

The pure white flowers of Boneset stand-out in the late summer landscape and pairs well with Cardinal flower, New England aster and tall spiky plants in various colours.This is a large perennial wildflower, and is closely related to the Joe Pye Weed; it will occasionally grow up to *6 ft, but is typically around 4 ft tall. Boneset is used to reduce fever, increase urine output, cause vomiting, and treat constipation. Boneset is also used to treat influenza, swine flu, acute bronchitis, nasal inflammation, joint pain (rheumatism), fluid retention, dengue fever, and pneumonia; as a stimulant; and to cause sweating.

Boneset is somewhat drought tolerant in hot summer months. Boneset is deer resistant and will also tolerate shaded conditions. Plant seed densely as this species has a naturally low germination rate. Cold, moist stratification required. Attracts butterflies and native pollinators to its white August blooms

  • Prefers part sun to sun
  • Moist rich soil
  • Start seeds indoors: scatter the seed on the surface of the soil in a flat or in pots; compress the soil slightly and keep it lightly moist until germination
  • Germination: slow - within 2 to 3 months.
  • Keep the soil consistently moist - transplant seedlings as soon as they reach a height of several inches and after all risk of frost has passed.
  • Spacing: plant on 18 to 24 in centres, with row spacing of 24 to 30 in - each plant will form a clump.
  • OR direct sow in late fall onto prepared beds; water in lightly.
  • Harvesting: harvest aboveground portion when flowers are starting in early or mid- summer.
  • Seed Count: 25